MALELANE, South Africa (AFP) – Branden Grace completed a wire-to-wire win at the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Championship on Sunday, closing with a fine 68 for a commanding seven-stroke victory.
It was the South African’s fifth European Tour title, the other four all coming in a remarkable 2012 season. Grace had been five clear of the field at the halfway stage at Leopard Creek Golf Course after following a sparkling opening 62 with a round of 66.
However, a third round 72 put him at 16 under par with little-known Dane Lucas Bjerregaard closing to within one of the lead.
The door was open but no-one was able to step through it as Grace romped away to a 20 under total and comprehensive seven stroke margin of victory over compatriot Louis Oosthuizen.
Last year’s Challenge Tour Number One Andrew Johnston was third on 11 under, with Nedbank Challenge winner Danny Willett and Trevor Fisher Junior tied for fourth a whopping 10 shots behind the winner.